No matter where you are in Raleigh, you are covered by National Safety Month. Whether you’re at work, at home or on the road, the National Safety Council’s observation of safety has a message for you to be careful, observant, smart and safe.
Going shopping in North Carolina sounds like a perfectly safe afternoon activity. You walk to the store so that you don't have to worry -- as much, anyway -- about car accidents. You gather the handful of items that you need and put them in your cart. Then, on the way to the front of the store to pay, you slip and fall.
Imagine that you are in such a dire medical condition that doctors said you would not live much longer. And imagine further your elation when those same doctors came back to you and said they had revised their estimate of your life expectancy upwards by 20 years.
If you drive southwest of Raleigh for a little more than four hours, you will arrive in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. That is where a jury recently awarded a father and son $35 million in a personal injury lawsuit.
While most Raleigh workers have access in one form or another to disability insurance, most don’t know much about the insurance that protects them in the event of injury or illness. According to one study, only 38 percent of workers are knowledgeable about disability insurance.
Because of their size and weight, it's very important for truck drivers to keep proper stopping distances behind other vehicles. A semi may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. It's not easy to bring all of that mass to a halt in an emergency. If a truck driver gets distracted and doesn't hit the brakes in time, people in vehicles ahead of the truck are at risk of grave injuries.